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    Re: What is the oldest working computer that you own?

    Does an atari game system count?

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    Re: What is the oldest working computer that you own?

    zx spectrum 48k (the rubber keyboard one)

    is BASIC still alive?

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    Re: What is the oldest working computer that you own?

    I've still got a working toggle switch. Does that count?

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    Re: What is the oldest working computer that you own?

    Quote Originally Posted by VTPoet View Post
    So far, I think I've got all of you beat. Yeah. The poet from New England.

    A fully functional and still, sometimes, utilized TRS-80 pocket computer I bought in 1983 (I think) containing a whopping 1.2 k of memory. I even have the fully functional tape back-up.
    WOW. I remember looking at one of those. I could never convince myself that I really needed it. I was still paying for the computer I already bought. As you know, computers were very expensive in those days.
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    Use whatever OS or desktop works for you. Backup your computer regularly, and definitely before upgrading, partitioning, or installing an OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    I've still got a working toggle switch. Does that count?
    I am surprised that anyone else has even used one of those. I am really surprised that it still works, and more surprised that you kept it.

    We built one in the lab at university in the early 1970's. If I remember correctly ours used an 8-bit 6800 processor. When I graduated I began working at NASA in Houston, I remember using a PDP-11 with the toggle switch input. It has been so long ago that I am not sure which model PDP-11 it was. I think it was the PDP-11/05 that looked like the attachment.
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    Use whatever OS or desktop works for you. Backup your computer regularly, and definitely before upgrading, partitioning, or installing an OS.

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    Re: What is the oldest working computer that you own?

    Quote Originally Posted by alan21276 View Post
    zx spectrum 48k (the rubber keyboard one)

    is BASIC still alive?
    it's the + version with solid keys keyboard and also additional keys for easier manipulation. well the keyboard membrane went bust back in the 90's but my father managed to find someone with a spare one who knew how to fix it... it has been working ever since. i just dont' use it anymore (go figure) and have it packed in the box. i switched to ZX emulators. they just load faster whic is the only thing that really bothered me. i always wanted to get microdrive but at the time when they were available it was hard to find them behind the "iron curtain" or in nearby countries.
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